First blue supermoon lunar eclipse in 150 years coming in January 31

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Below, we provide a timetable for the main stages of the moon's passage through the Earth's shadow for six time zones - one for Hawaii (HST), one for Alaska (AKST) and four across the U.S and Canada: Pacific (PST), Mountain (MST), Central (CST) and Eastern (EST).

According to the USA space agency, the second supermoon will feature a total lunar eclipse "with totality viewable from western North America across the pacific to Eastern Asia".

A passenger plane passes in front of the wolf moon as it approaches Heathrow Airport in London on January 1.

The supermoon on January 31 will be the second full moon of the month-a blue moon.

They are also known "blood moons" on account of the red hue on the surface of the moon, are the reflected sunrises and sunsets on earth.

Supermoons happen when a full moon coincides with the moon's perigee - a point in its orbit at when it is closest to Earth. But just seeing the full moon in the sky isn't enough for most of us to notice that it's different.

The upcoming moon will end what NASA calls a "supermoon trilogy".

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Indeed, these events make the luminescent orb appear roughly 14% bigger and 30% brighter than typical full moons.

You can see if your location will be one of those witnessing a total eclipse on this EarthSky map.

Unfortunately because of the location of the moon when the eclipse is set to occur, not everyone on the planet will be able to see it. "The lunar eclipse on January 31 will be visible during moonset".

Once in a blue moon?


Although the name has nothing to do with color, Pagasa said the moon may appear with a tinge of blue in certain atmospheric conditions such as when there are volcanic eruptions or when exceptionally large fires leave particles in the atmosphere.

Taking place once in every two years and eight months on average, a blue moon, named after the rarity of its occurrence, is a second full moon within a month. "But it's another great chance to watch the moon". There was a partial eclipse of a Blue Moon on December 31, 2009, but the last total eclipse of a Blue Moon is dated March 31, 1866.